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Old 12-09-2013, 11:39 PM   #1
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Is it worth the upgrade to a ZL1 from an SS?

A dealership near home has a ZL1 on special, brand new 2013 ZL1 for $49,995 ! here is their web page :

http://shawgmc.com/New-2013-Chevrole...ta/vd/17778849

I currently have a 2011 2SS, got it brand new last year, still paying her for almost about the same price tag !
But anyway, I am not planning to switch my SS at the moment, but this is tempting ! I've never driven a ZL1 before....is it worth the upgrade ?? or what do you guys think ? I think im going tomorrow to take a closer look.
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Old 12-09-2013, 11:43 PM   #2
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I would figure out roughly where your payments are going to be... That's what ultimately it comes down to..

At least it is red like your current camaro.
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Old 12-10-2013, 12:13 AM   #3
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Old 12-10-2013, 02:31 AM   #4
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Like others have said, if you can afford the additional payment then go for it, especially a 2013 (I am not a fan of the new rears). A stock ZL1 is much better to drive and play on. Microfiber seats fit like gloves and mag ride is awesome. Plus, modding is a lot cheaper to do since a stock diff can handle over 1000hp..
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:36 AM   #5
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If you can afford the hit you will take on trade in plus the new car payments YES.

Positives

-Cosmetic appearance items
-Suspension upgrades\brake upgrades
-Performance upgrades
-Interior upgrades over you 2011

Factory warranty to cover you performance upgrades.


Now if you were just upgrading your SS to a 1LE then I would say no.
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:57 AM   #6
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I would do a little homework on the value of your car first, before you head over to check out the ZL1. You need to check out the car and drive it and see for yourself what the difference feels like when you drive it. I have not driven the ZL! but I have heard comments that although it is a boost in the horsepower the ZL1 is not a big jump in power. It is hard to tell without driving the car since GM really detunes these cars coming out of the factory. If they want to move the ZL1 then they will work on the trade in for your car and put a deal together you can live with, if not go and drive the ZL1 and let us know what you think.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:40 AM   #7
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go for the ZL1! its only money
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:45 AM   #8
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go for the ZL1! its only money
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:53 AM   #9
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Make certain you can afford the car, not only today but 6-months down the line when the new excitement of the purchase wears off. The reason you see so many of these high end muscle cars for sale is folks get so wrapped up in the purchase excitement they over extend themselves and soon have to put the vehicle up for sale. It happened to me with a SRT8 Challenger I loved the car but quickly realized I was spending too much money to own it. That being said this is a great price for the car.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:09 AM   #10
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This sounds like a super price for this vehicle - especially in Canada. Is that $49,995 in US Dollars? If not, what would the price equate to in USD? I would say, if you can afford it and really want it - do it! Beautiful car.
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:03 AM   #11
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You spent close to $49k for a 2011 SS???
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:06 AM   #12
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:15 AM   #13
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150 more HP for the same price. Hell yeah.
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:15 AM   #14
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Check your insurance as well. Mine went up 40% from my 2010 SS, but some of that is probably from going to a vert.
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:22 AM   #15
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I test drove a ZL1 last week because I was debating on "upgrading". It honestly was slower then my modded SS and handled about the same. Currently my car has headers, and a TSP 231/236 cam, BMR springs and sways and ZL1 Ten spoke wheels.. I would like to think it's basicially a 2011 version of the 1LE minus the 3.91 gears... But no joke I can walk all over a stock ZL1... That's the performance aspect of it from my opinion... Now the interior was way nicer in the ZL1 only because I loved the new recaro seats.... I'm sure I will just buy seats for my SS at some point because the seats alone and the My Link screen aren't enough to make me want to spend the extra 20K.. ... can you make a ZL1 way faster pretty easily.. YES...

If money isn't an opinion then I would get one for sure... It looks badass and has crazy potential.. But just like i did with my SS.. I will wait for the prices to drop big time... I got my 2SS with 6000 miles for 29...
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:31 AM   #16
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I test drove a ZL1 last week because I was debating on "upgrading". It honestly was slower then my modded SS and handled about the same. Currently my car has headers, and a TSP 231/236 cam, BMR springs and sways and ZL1 Ten spoke wheels.. I would like to think it's basicially a 2011 version of the 1LE minus the 3.91 gears... But no joke I can walk all over a stock ZL1... That's the performance aspect of it from my opinion... Now the interior was way nicer in the ZL1 only because I loved the new recaro seats.... I'm sure I will just buy seats for my SS at some point because the seats alone and the My Link screen aren't enough to make me want to spend the extra 20K.. ... can you make a ZL1 way faster pretty easily.. YES...

If money isn't an opinion then I would get one for sure... It looks badass and has crazy potential.. But just like i did with my SS.. I will wait for the prices to drop big time... I got my 2SS with 6000 miles for 29...
You may be able to run with a ZL1, but I doubt you can walk all over one with just a cam, headers and tune. And on a road course it will destroy your SS hands down, you will need much more than springs and sway bars.
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:40 AM   #17
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A dealer by me still has a '13 BRM 'vert . They want $62k for it. I could afford it,but that's a big one every month. I'd rather pay off my '11.
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:40 AM   #18
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You may be able to run with a ZL1, but I doubt you can walk all over one with just a cam, headers and tune. And on a road course it will destroy your SS hands down, you will need much more than springs and sway bars.

The ZL1 is a masterpiece if engineering. It's not all in the bolt-ons.
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:51 AM   #19
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I recently sold my 2010 Camaro SS and bought a 2013 ZL1 and I couldn't be happier about my decision !!
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:52 AM   #20
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If you can afford it, yes. I'd love to have a ZL1 and maybe one day I will but right now, my modded SS will do
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:08 AM   #21
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Do the math. Literally. If you can swing it, once you figure out how much extra $$ you're talking about, then make an informed decision. If you come up short, that's ok. Wait until you're in a better financial position. At least you'll know where you need to be. It' not a race. Plan it out how to get there, then work the plan. It can happen.

But yeah, the ZL1 is a whole nuther car darned near. It's more fun to drive than the 2010 and I still love it too!
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:24 AM   #22
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I m also looking about a ZL 1 but just can Afford 20 k on Top of my SS
Would Love to own One !! Its a dream car but The prices for Insurance are 500 Dollars more a Year at safeco ! Anybody a idea Where it Would be a Little cheaper ??
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Old 12-10-2013, 12:27 PM   #23
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This sounds like a super price for this vehicle - especially in Canada. Is that $49,995 in US Dollars? If not, what would the price equate to in USD? I would say, if you can afford it and really want it - do it! Beautiful car.
at the current exchange rate, $49995 is about $47,100 U.S. Still pretty good for a brand new ZL1!
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Old 12-10-2013, 12:51 PM   #24
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Thanks everyone for their input. So i went this morning to the dealer and checked out the ZL1, it is such a beautiful machine! I wasnt able to test drive due to the snow. However after I reviewed my financial position I decided to let this opportunity pass. They told me they would offer approx $28K for my SS and on top of that I would have to carry over the balance to the ZL1, my monthly payments would be just a bit higher but I would have to start from scratch, and my insurance would be more expensive, it would make me a bit tight every month, so I think I will stick to my SS and once im done paying her, maybe Ill invest in moding her, or maybe a ZL1 or Z28, whatever fits the budget at the time! thanks folks !
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Old 12-10-2013, 01:36 PM   #25
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